Smear Campaign (album)

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Smear Campaign
Studio album by Napalm Death
Released 15 September 2006 (2006-09-15)
Genre Grindcore, death metal
Length 45:09
Label Century Media
Producer Russ Russell
Napalm Death chronology
The Code Is Red...Long Live the Code
Smear Campaign
Time Waits for No Slave
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Smear Campaign is the thirteenth album by grindcore band Napalm Death. It was recorded with producer Russ Russell at Foel Studio, Wales, and was released on 15 September 2006. It was released as a regular CD, and as a digipak edition featuring two bonus tracks and a sticker of the cover artwork. Differently coloured versions of the cover art exist.

Shortly before the release, Barney Greenway mentioned that the album features a guest appearance by Anneke van Giersbergen, ex-vocalist for the Dutch rock band The Gathering, saying, "[She] has offered up a few parts to a track, which I've yet to hear. But before some people recoil in horror about Napalm going operatic rock or whatever, this was done for good effect and relevance to the track. It will work. It will rock. I'm sure. And we're grateful to Anneke (who is an awesome vocalist in her own right) in advance for giving it a stab."[3]

Smear Campaign is a concept album criticising religion in general.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Weltschmerz"   Harris 1:27
2. "Sink Fast, Let Go"   Greenway, Harris 3:22
3. "Fatalist"   Embury, Greenway 2:50
4. "Puritanical Punishment Beating"   Greenway, Harris 3:25
5. "When All Is Said and Done"   Embury 3:00
6. "Freedom Is the Wage of Sin"   Greenway, Harris 3:08
7. "In Deference"   Greenway, Harris 3:13
8. "Short-Lived"   Embury, Greenway 3:05
9. "Identity Crisis"   Greenway, Harris 2:43
10. "Shattered Existence"   Embury 3:10
11. "Eyes Right Out"   Greenway, Harris 3:13
12. "Warped Beyond Logic"   Embury, Greenway 1:59
13. "Rabid Wolves (For Christ)"   Embury, Greenway 1:23
14. "Deaf and Dumbstruck (Intelligent Design)"   Greenway, Harris 2:45
15. "Persona Non Grata"   Embury, Greenway 2:46
16. "Smear Campaign"   Embury, Greenway 2:47
17. "Call That an Option?" (bonus track on digipak and Japanese editions)   3:02
18. "Atheist Runt" (bonus track on digipak and Japanese editions)   6:43
19. "Weltschmerz (Extended version)" (bonus track on Japanese edition)   4:38